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Liberal Democrats have two choices: support Jeremy Corbyn and stop “no deal” Brexit or deny him that support and enable it – betraying the voters who supported them to stop Brexit.

It’s called “The Big Lie” – the idea that, if you repeat a falsehood often enough, people will believe it.

In this case, the Liberal Democrats have a lie that someone other than Jeremy Corbyn could lead a caretaker government to prevent a “no deal” Brexit and call a general election.

They’ve been told it won’t happen and they have to work within the system established in Parliament.

But after Mr Corbyn’s barnstorming speech today (August 19), the Lib Dem Brexit spokesman – one Tom Brake – said: “It is clear Jeremy Corbyn cannot command a majority in the House. He must do the right thing and confirm that if he cannot, he will support someone who can.”

He knows that it isn’t clear that Mr Corbyn can’t command a majority in the Commons (for example, how many Conservatives would abstain when it came to a vote? Mr Brake doesn’t know). So he lied. Again.

As for the rest: Mr Corbyn had already explained his position – which is the situation as described by the UK’s constitution – in his speech. He said: “There seems to be an awful lot of very imaginative what-iffery in the press at the present time.

“I am the leader of the opposition, the leader of the Labour party. All the constitutional precedents are, when a government collapses, it’s the leader of the opposition that takes over.

“We will put a motion of no confidence in the government. We will we will do everything we can to stop a no deal Brexit.

“I have written to the leaders of all of the other opposition parties inviting them to join me in this and I simply say to them this and to those probably quite small number of Conservatives who are alarmed at the prospect of a no deal Brexit; If you’re serious about stopping an no-deal Brexit, then back my motion of no confidence to stop this government taking us over a cliff edge on October 31.”

The message is clear: get behind Jeremy Corbyn if you want to stop “no deal” Brexit. Otherwise, you’re enabling it.

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